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Mexican Chicken Salad Sandwich Filling

Ooh we so love Mexican in this household.  The girls and I like most dishes as I make them, but the boys (so macho) like to add in extra dashes of chilli sauce or jalapenos.   We often have chicken rolls for lunch on the weekends, but this took the traditional chicken and mayo roll […]

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  • Michelle Compton

    This recipe sounds so delicious but I have a question. What is capsicum? I’ve never heard of it. I live in America, in Washington State. Does it just go by another name here? Thank you for you wonderdul recipes!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Michelle, I think you call them red peppers. Funny how we have the same things but they are named differently.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Compton

    Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • caitlyn

    Just made this for lunch and my 14 month old is loving it. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Ooh that is great, so yummy and healthy.:)ReplyCancel

  • This is so dinner toight.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      So yummy and easy.:)ReplyCancel

Quinoa and Zucchini Fritters

A few weeks ago Mr Organised and I visited Byron Bay (far north coast of New South Wales) for a wedding.  While there we visited the Byron Fresh Cafe for lunch. Their menu was full of healthy organic options and it was so hard to choose just one item for lunch. Their Quinoa and Zucchini hotcakes […]

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  • Alison

    These would probably be even better if you could work out how to eliminate the breadcrumbs. If you put breadcrumbs in you may as well have eaten a sandwich – certainly most people looking for a healthier way of life are trying to eliminate bread. Did you try without them? Not sticky enough?ReplyCancel

    • Debbie

      maybe you could try rolled oats instead of bread crumbsReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        That is a great idea Debbie, they would taste so good too!ReplyCancel

    • Chanel

      I used Lifestyle bakery gluten free breadcrumbs. They turned out great, but the middle looked a little undercooked so I then put them in the oven.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        Great idea Chanel, thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      No I didn’t, but that’s a great idea for those trying to eliminate bread from their diet.ReplyCancel

  • Rosalee

    I made these last night, they were great, whole family ate them, thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yay so glad, we loved them so much too!!!ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    they are a winner!
    was my first time at quinoa – so that was interesting for me too.. have always loved anything with quinoa in it but hadn’t attempted it myself. your easy to follow instructions for both cooking quinoa and then the fritter – piece of cake! (or should I say fritter?!)ReplyCancel

  • Kate - Kat's Assistant

    Ooh yay!! So glad they worked for you and you enjoyed them. So delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    Can these be frozen? With kids and work I’m looking at more meals which can be frozen.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sure Mel i can’t see why they couldn’t be frozen, worth a try.ReplyCancel

  • I was so impressed by this recipe, I’ve re-shared it over on my blog! Admittedly, I had to substitute the zucchini for broccoli and carrot (I ran out of zucchini!) but the quinoa was so nice to cook with! Will definitely be making these again!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wonderful! It is super yummy, i real favourite of mine at the moment.:)ReplyCancel

Kids in the Kitchen – Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon

This post is sponsored by Western Star My kids love to cook and have been doing so for many years.  Letting them help in the kitchen is teaching them life lessons and skills from measuring and learning fractions to how to cook particular foods.  My youngest Miss 9 enjoys cooking pasta dishes, I stand by helping […]

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  • Nancy

    your daughter is gorgeous. I love seeing them in the kitchen and sewing your teaching them such great life lessons.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Nancy, she is a cutie. All my kids love cooking and I love spending time with them in the kitchen, especially teaching them new techniques, great life lessons for sure!ReplyCancel

  • Simone

    must try this, haven’t made Mac and Cheese in so long. Love the idea of a little bit of bacon with itReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It’s delicious Simone, hope your family enjoy it!ReplyCancel

  • Krystal

    For those who prefer not to eat meat, spinach, onion & mushroom is a great mix to replace the bacon :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great idea, love the sound of adding onion!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Brewer

    Looking forward to declutteringReplyCancel

Homemade Beef & Vegetable Sausage Rolls

Friday night dinners in our home typically mean something fun like Pizza, Mexican, Pasta however it’s usually no side servings of vegetables, but that doesn’t mean no veg!!  On this night I made a double batch of homemade beef sausage rolls.  I’ll freeze some to have on hand for lunch boxes, I can easily pop them in […]

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  • Amy

    These were a bit fiddlier than I expected (I accidentally whizzed my veggies to mush in the Thermomix!), but once they were cooked- delicious! My kids can’t stop devouring them, and I’ve got heaps in the freezer for my next ‘I can’t be bothered’ easy night. Great recipe! :DReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Also, I’ve just realised- the recipe says to add two eggs into the bowl, but your photo above has four?ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Hi Amy, they are very yummy i agree! Yes it is 4 eggs, i just had a quick look on the recipe to double check so for any confusion.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha

    Could I use 1kg of beef mince instead of using sausage meat?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Samantha, Yes i can’t see why you couldn’t. Let me know how they turn out.:)ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    I’ve made these twice now… Very popular with the family. The second batch had a lot of liquid while they were cooking but I rescued them by cooking them for a bit on a wire rack to dry the bottom. All good still gobbled up.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are so yummy, very popular with our family too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Samantha

    Thank you Katrina, I finally made these using 1kg mince instead of mix with sausage mix and they were so delicious! They will differently be on my favourites listReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic! Yes they are also a huge hit in our family too.:)ReplyCancel

Lamb, Feta & Zucchini meatballs

I must admit I always lean towards beef and chicken rather than lamb or pork for our main meals.  However, I am trying to add more variety into our meals and after enjoying the lamb & sesame rissoles I’ve been searching for more great lamb recipes.  I found this Lamb & Feta meatball recipe in the new Vegie […]

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  • Keri

    I think it’s a bit cheeky of you to post a recipe on your site that I can’t get unless I buy a book on another site – NOT cool!ReplyCancel

    • Ellie

      I felt a bit tricked too! Looks delicious though :)ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Ooh it was never to be a trick Ellie, for copyright I can’t share her recipe, I need to give Wendy from Vegie Smugglers full credit as this is her recipe she created, if it was online I could of easily shared a link back to the recipe, but’s it from her new cookbook. Sometimes it good to learn about recipes from cookbooks you may not know existed and to learn if they are family friendly and easy to cook. Some books especially those online you can’t see inside and have a good flick through.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I understand Keri, I am sorry you feel this way. For copyright I can’t share her recipe, I need to give Wendy from Vegie Smugglers full credit as this is her recipe she created, if it was online I could of easily shared a link back to the recipe, but’s it from her new cookbook. Sometimes it good to learn about recipes from cookbooks you may not know existed and to learn if they are family friendly and easy to cook. Some books especially those online you can’t see inside and have a good flick through.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea

    This recipe looks delicious and I too was disappointed that you couldn’t five details. But I understand. If you google the title, it will lead you to a 2010 Veggie Smugglers website article – voila, recipe found and no copyright infringement!!!ReplyCancel

  • Thank you, i didn’t realise it was in there i have added a link now.ReplyCancel

Chorizo and Vegetable Frittata

A super easy weeknight meal Chorizo and Vegetable Frittata   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 25 mins Total time 40 mins   Author: Katrina Recipe type: Egg, Easy Meals Serves: 5 Ingredients 750g macaroni pasta 4 eggs 1 chorizo sausage, halved and sliced 1 zucchini, grated 125g frozen corn kernels ½ red capsicum, […]

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  • Kristie

    Looks delicious, will have to give it a go :)ReplyCancel

  • Can you confirm that 750 grams of pasta is correct? Seems like a lot!

    And do you think it would cook okay in the oven? My grill is not really big enough for putting dishes under.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Tara, yes 750g does sound a lot but it is correct. Just because the macaroni is a lot smaller than normal size pasta. I can’t see why you can’t put it in the oven.ReplyCancel

  • Maybe I’m using the wrong size macaroni? Is that the cooked or uncooked weight. I made it with 250ish grams of uncooked pasta – and it barely fit in my quiche dish, and it didn’t bind at all, tasted great, but was more a pasta dish than a frittata. Not complaining just checking with you this is how it should be. :)ReplyCancel

    • I just checked the pasta packet, I used more like 350 – 400gram raw pasta…ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Hi Tara, Yes its the dry weight. Maybe try using a bigger quiche dish? Let me know how it turns out.:)ReplyCancel

        • Ha ha, this is turning into quite the conversation :) Did yours bind, or was the egg more like a coating for the pasta?ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    LOL yes it is Tara! It all bind together, like a quiche.ReplyCancel

Baked Fish Fingers

A fantastic recipe to get the kids to eat fish, they will love the crunch of the Panko crumbs.  Plus this is an easy weeknight meal.  I used Hoki fish, however you can use whatever white fish fillet is on special when purchasing. Baked Fish Fingers   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 10 […]

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Spiced Chicken Noodle Salad

This is a great quick and easy midweek meal, can be made ahead of time if needed and is filled with loads of crispy vegetables. Spiced Chicken Noodle Salad   Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 20 mins Total time 40 mins   Author: Katrina Recipe type: Salad Serves: 5 Ingredients SALAD 400g chicken […]

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  • Narelle

    Yay, a recipe fit for the healthy, no artificial ingredients and made from whole foods. However, brown sugar is just processed white sugar with the molasses added back in (all these years I thought it was less processed) a good addition would be rapadura sugar (dried sugar cane juice) and check the label of the fish sauce for MSG. Thanks, will make this one on the weekend. Have a good one : ) x xReplyCancel

  • Narelle

    Learning from each other inspires us both : )ReplyCancel

Ham and Corn Muffins

Lunch doesn’t always have to be a sandwich, you can switch it up with a salad, wrap or a savoury muffin.  This is a delicious muffin, especially if you are introducing the kids to the world of savoury muffins.  It’s easy to make and freezeable.  I take them out of the freezer in the morning, […]

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  • Di

    Why does this need sugar?ReplyCancel

  • lindsey

    Hi, I have never heard of creamed corn? Could I just blitz normal corn in food processor? Or add in whole corn?
    ThanksReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Lindsey, yes just mash some up with a fork or blitz it in the food processor, it will help the dough to stick together :)ReplyCancel

  • lindsey

    Thanks katrina, will try these this weekend. Trying to think of different snacks/lunches for my mr 3. Love your blog lots of great ideas and organising tips :)ReplyCancel

Healthy Teriyaki Chicken with vegetables and noodles

Healthy Teriyaki Chicken with vegetables and noodles   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 15 mins Total time 30 mins   Author: Katrina Recipe type: Chicken Serves: 5 Ingredients 2tsp sesame oil 750g Coles RSPCA approved chicken breast, cut into strips 1 onion, chopped into wedges 3 teaspoon garlic, minced 150g mushrooms, sliced 1 […]

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Using Mince is a Sinch

This is a guest post by Briohny, from Plan Eat Play After a brief discussion with a few friends, I quickly discovered that everyone has their own special way of making a bolognaise sauce and the perfect ‘Spag Bol’ is very personal and hotly contested topic. With this in mind I’m here to share with […]

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  • Marita Beard

    Oh yum those mince puff pastry squares look fabulous.ReplyCancel

    • they do don’t they Marita, I made some scrolls the other day with left over mince and puff pastry, so yummyReplyCancel

Zucchini Feta Slice

I was trying to find some healthy meals I can make and have on hand for a quick reheat for lunch, I found a recipe on Taste.com.au for a Zucchini Feta Cake, sounded delicious.  I replaced the pancetta with 2 pieces of shortcut bacon and cooked individual portions in a muffin tin.  I pulled them […]

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